Historic Neighborhood Preservation Grant Program

Grant Applications for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 are Now Being Accepted - Applications are due by 4:00 pm on or before Friday, September 29, 2023.

The City of Lake Oswego is now accepting applications for the Historic Neighborhood Preservation Grant for the enhancement of neighborhoods with homes that are older than 50 years. Ideal enhancement projects would provide wayfinding, reader boards, information kiosks, site markers, street sign toppers, oral histories, neighborhood tours or other projects that would help to identify broad patterns of events that helped to shape Lake Oswego. Information could be drawn from various resources from the mid-century modern period, Iron Industry agricultural heritage or other historic trend that characterizes the city’s historic context.

Qualifying projects can receive a grant that provides partial reimbursement of the cost to do the work. Grant applications are available in Planning and Building Services or using the link provided below.

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on or before September 29, 2023, and will be reviewed by the Historic Resources Advisory Board at their meeting on October 11, 2023. Funding is limited and grant awards will be based on the priorities below. Grants are considered taxable income and must be reported on your income tax return. The project must be completed with all paperwork submitted by June 1, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

The following standards must be met to be eligible for the matching grant:

Grant Criteria (subject to change)

  1. Provide a public benefit to the Lake Oswego community. Projects providing neighborhood benefit and applied for by City-recognized neighborhood associations will receive funding priority over homeowner associations and other groups.
  2. Have neighborhood/community support. This support must be documented in your application submittal through a letter of support from the neighborhood association where the project is located.
  3. Identify and provide detail on who will be responsible for completing the work. This must include the project coordinator(s) and the role of any consultants or vendors, for each element of the proposal.
  4. For physical improvements, be located on public land within the boundaries of a City-recognized Neighborhood Association. Physical improvements located on private land in a publicly-prominent location may be eligible on a case-by-case basis. 
  5. Be designed for either no maintenance or low maintenance if maintained by volunteers. Projects that require ongoing maintenance are generally not eligible for grant funding.
  6. Not fund ongoing or annual expenses of the organization. Grant funds may be used to initiate an ongoing program or fill a temporary funding gap, but should not be used to support ongoing or annual expenses.
  7. Demonstrate coordination with City staff. All grant applicants must include email correspondence in their application materials to confirm that they have reviewed their project with the grant program coordinator. Applicants must also include email correspondence to confirm that they have coordinated with other relevant contacts based on project type, as identified in the "Potential Projects" section of the Grant Guide.
  8. Be completed and expenses incurred through June 1, 2024, the end of the grant cycle. Submit all requests for reimbursement (with itemized legible paid receipts) to the City no later than June 1, 2024. Provide the City with a project report, due by August 23, 2024. Include pictures in PDF format if applicable. We like to brag about our neighborhoods!
  9. Qualifying projects in neighborhoods that have not previously received a grant may receive priority over neighborhoods that have received past Grant awards. Projects that leverage matching funds or in-kind contributions may also be prioritized.
  10. Be aware that, in order to ensure accountability for public funds granted through the Grant process, grantees are expected to have the organizational capacity (capital or credit) to make their own purchases, and follow the grant requirements,

For a complete list of the criteria and additional information, please refer to the guidelines, use the link provided below.

To view the Grant Guidelines and Application for 2023-2024, use this link: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/WebLink/Browse.aspx?id=2543038&repo=CityOfLakeOswego

Contact Information

Paul Espe, Associate Planner
(503) 697-6577 or by pespe@lakeoswego.city

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